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Body of climber found on Blanca Peak in southern Colorado – The Denver Post

DURANGO – Search and rescue teams have found the body of a Durango man who died climbing Blanca Peak in southern Colorado.

The Durango Herald reports that Vaughn Fetzer, 57, was reported missing on September 20 and his body was found on dangerous ground Monday at the state’s fourth highest peak.

Alamosa County Sheriff Robert Jackson said search teams experienced sub-freezing temperatures on the 14,351-foot peak and a limb was injured when several large boulders came loose and have stuck his leg. The rest of the team removed the rocks and rappelled the injured man down several boulders to an ambulance.

Fetzer was a nurse at Mercy Regional Medical Center and worked on the medico-surgical floor, according to co-worker Tawny Borkowski.

“Vaughn is a loving, happy and energetic man with a lot of love for the outdoors as well as his passion for nursing,” Borkowski said in an email to the Durango Herald before the body was found.

Investigators did not say how Fetzer died.